The Art of Rest

When we receive a diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis or any of a number of other autoimmune diseases, no one gives us a handbook or guidance about how to handle everything we are supposed to handle in our daily lives while our body is attacking itself. While I can (and doctors can) say to you that…

By admin April 9, 2019 0

Getting By Without My Friends

“I’m sorry. I can’t go…” Does that sound familiar? In the community of people with chronic illness, these are words we utter far more than we would like. The problem is that when you have friends that you’ve had for decades and suddenly you are a person that has to be less active than you…

By admin January 23, 2019 Off

Five Ways to Make Your Holiday Less Stressful

When you’re new to the chronic illness game, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. If you’re not blessed with a supportive family or spouse, our struggles can be increased dramatically. We feel haunted by the seemingly fearless, boundlessly energetic former self, and want to project that image in the present. That’s not giving your former self…

By admin December 1, 2018 Off

Injecting for the First Time

Perhaps one of the scariest things when you are first diagnosed with R.A. is starting on the meds. The fear creeps in about the time you get your first prescription. Or it happens before you get your prescription filled, and you read up on the kinds of medications you must take, and their side effects. …

By admin October 5, 2018 Off

Another NutriBullet Bites the Dust

As someone who suffers from chronic illness, I have come to depend greatly on my daily smoothie.  I received my possible diagnosis from my general physician in March of 2015, and by September I was officially seeing a rheumatologist being diagnosed first with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Both before and after my diagnosis, to know what I…

By admin July 16, 2018 Off

Will You Open This For Me?

I think if someone were going to develop a catch phrase for me, while I would prefer something zippier, it would probably be, “Will you open this for me?” Because, with RA, I say this all the time. Early on, I didn’t have a diagnosis yet. My brother was in the hospital’s ICU, and I…

By admin June 19, 2018 Off